Rina Sawayama – “Chosen Family” (Feat. Elton John)

Rina Sawayama – “Chosen Family” (Feat. Elton John)

Rina Sawayama found a fan in Elton John with the release of her debut album SAWAYAMA last year and now, after becoming friends while in lockdown, they’ve teamed up for a collaboration. Sawayama and John redid the SAWAYAMA track “Chosen Family,” with John adding in his own vocals and duetting with the British singer, really hammering the message of the song home. Both Sawayama and John — who were profiled in T magazine this weekend — had some nice words to say about each other.

Here’s Sawayama:

It was such a joy and honour to rework Chosen Family with the legendary Elton John. The song means so much to both of us, and recording it together was such a special experience I will never forget. I got shivers when I heard his voice through the monitor and became emotional when he added the piano parts. Elton has been such a huge supporter from before the album, and when we finally met to record this song we clicked from the get go. I hope people can hear the magic!

And here’s John:

When I was sent ‘Comme Des Garçons’ for my Rocket Hour show, I stopped in my tracks and thought ‘who is this?’ It just blew me away from the first listen. We’ve since become friends, and it’s such a huge honour and a genuine thrill to be asked to duet with Rina. She is just an extraordinary talent. Rina doesn’t just represent the cross-cultural mix of inspiration from which the best music always thrives, but a generation who have grown up with the internet and the entire history of music at their fingertips and mix together whatever they please with real love and understanding, unconstrained by old ideas of genre or boundary. To my mind, she’s the brightest embodiment of this: a brilliant, confidence-oozing, endlessly fascinating songwriter and performer.

Listen below.

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